ICD-10: Get Ready Because October 2014 Is Not That Far Away

As ICD-10 comes closer to a reality, various organizations are gearing up to help doctors prepare for the new coding system. Last week, a webinar hosted by the NCMS drew 100 participants. Lee Ford, regulatory services manager at Physicians East in Greenville and director of the North Carolina Health Information Management Association (NCHIMA) led the session and will be contributing brief tips in upcoming issues of this Bulletin.  

The Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) throughout the state in conjunction with NCHIMA also will be offering classes leading up to the implementation of ICD-10. The ICD-10-CM training sessions will have a small part of the foundation for understanding the structure of an ICD-10-CM. The rest of the course will focus on how to code using ICD-10-CM, covering the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines. Emphasis will also be directed to codes that require expanded clinical documentation to code to the highest level of specificity.  

Dates for 2014 training are:

·         Southern Regional AHEC (Fayetteville) – January 31

·         Northwest AHEC (Hickory) – March 14

·         Area L AHEC (Rocky Mount) – May 9

·         Charlotte AHEC – May 13, June 19 and August 26

·         Eastern AHEC (Greenville) – June 6

·         SEAHEC (Wilmington) – June 24

·         Wake AHEC (Raleigh) – August 12

·         Greensboro & Northwest AHEC (Moses Cone) – August 22

More information is available here. You also may contact Terri Gonzalez at the NCMS Foundation offices at 919-833-3836 for information and resources on ICD-10 implementation.

Finally, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is asking doctors to complete the following survey to gauge the current state of overall ICD-10 readiness and help inform how CMS can best assist through the transition to ICD-10.  The questions in this assessment should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and all responses will remain anonymous. Please take the time now to complete this assessment.  Responses are requested by no later than Wednesday, January 29.

Here is the ICD-10 Provider Readiness Assessment:


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